Asked by Guru9MQGD Jul 24, 2017 at 09:37 PM about the 2016 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited

Question type: Car Customization

What is the larges rim size that I can put
on a 2016 Subaru outback

12 Answers


Subaru's have very limited wheel well clearance so I would not go any bigger the stock tire diameter. You can use an online tire calculator to pick the right tire size.

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F_O_R's correct in that the tire diameter is already pretty tall for the wheelbase of the modern OB. To improve handling a bit Subie specs 18" wheels for the Limited, but even with 60 series tires on 18's the body roll, dive and yaw are borderline-sloppy, so I don't think going to 55 series tires on 19's will do anything except drain your wallet. It's kinda sad....

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From what I have seen the Outback seems to be aimed at the over 50 crowd that wants a cushy car. In my area new Outbacks are pretty much all owned by the geriatric set (no I don't think 50 is old). ;)

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Well, having raced quite a bit with various cars I would say the 16 outback actually isn't too bad - for what it is. No, not great, but better than many. Unfortunately when looking at the tire clearance to the hub you really have to be careful if considering, say a 50 series tire. I wouldn't do it. Besides, the little engine can't really help you that much anyway. (Hoping for a turbo in 19). I actually like the car for what it is. Especially considering the safety features and - Pricing!

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No no...a 50 series is a bit TOO low for the 2015+ OB...but a 225/55-60-17 or 225/55-60-18 will fit nicely. If your '16 OB has 225/65R17 I don't know how you can stand it! Drop to 55- 60 aspect and mount that 20mm rear STi swaybar and you won't believe the difference.

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Method mr502's on 245/65 17 BFG LongTrail TA Touring tires did not rub on my 2015 Premium Outback, however I just traded for a 2018 3.6r Touring and these Tire rub when backing up and turning along the interior of the front mud guard. Regular driving has been fine. I also second the upgrade to the 20mm Rear sway bar, it make a noticeable difference.

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The 3.6 Touring should have 18" wheels (7.5"). Do you mean that your 245R17 rub on the suspension? As well, 245/65 is really big, spongy, junk just for offroad. If you felt the wonderful improvement from the rear 20mm bar then you should just improve further by sticking with 225/60R18 that should've been on your 18. Even better handling are 225/55R18, but at the expense of up to 1/2" ground clearance. So it depends upon your app.


Not rubbing suspension. Method mr502’s are 17’x8’ and my primary app is pavement.

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Also, keep psi at 40

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Methods mr502 On the 2015 Premium

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If you go off road at all or have lots of potholes you should not go lower than 60 series tires.

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